Embrace is a documentary created by Taryn Brumfitt that deals with the issue of body image in today’s society. The Irish premier took place in Dublin in January and I unfortunately missed it, so I was very excited to hear that my good friend Avia from Lady Lilith Vintage was hosting a screening in Limerick. As part of her screening Avia decided to hold an open casting call to look for women to take part in an Embrace photoshoot, to bare it all in front of the camera in the name of embracing your body. When I saw her post on Facebook I immediately messaged her saying I would like to take part. I had been struggling a little with my body image at the time and saw this as a great opportunity to get back on track and hopefully to help others.
The day of the photoshoot I wasn’t as nervous as I had thought I would be. I was looking forward to pushing myself and experiencing a new way of shooting. The wonderful photographer Anna Hurkowska made me feel very comfortable and we had a wonderful time chatting and laughing, over the course of the shoot all of my insecurities melted away and I felt like a new woman. I was very excited to see the final images. We also recorded a little interview to incorporate into a short film of the experience.
Receiving the images was exciting but I couldn’t hold back that little voice in my head that said “Wow I didn’t think I had that many rolls”, it took viewing the images a few times before I started to accept them, this was what I had signed myself up for, this was my body and I remembered how great I had felt on the day of the shoot. I concentrated on my smile and I began to love the images. I put one up on my Instagram page and received really wonderful feedback, I don’t know what I was afraid of.
At last the day for the screening came and I headed down to Limerick on again, this time with my love in tow for support. The movie was incredible, I laughed and I cried and when it was over I felt inspired and uplifted. We headed over to the Killmurry Lodge after to screen our short film and reveal the photos. This was scary. I was sitting in a crowd of strangers and my photos were projected on to the wall, large and very very real. My hands were shaking but it was kind of exhilarating at the same time. When the film was over a woman sitting next to me turned and said “Thank You”. This made all the fear worth it, I hugged her with tears in my eyes and I felt so proud that this had made an impact on her and that I had a part to play in helping.
This movie is so important, every woman needs to see it and every woman needs to follow Taryn’s steps to self love. We have hated our bodies for too long and enough is enough. It’s time to fight back, it’s time to Embrace and it’s time to start loving our bodies because it’s the only one we’ve got.
I want to say a huge thank you to Avia, Anna, Natalia and Andre for such an incredible experience.
Thanks for reading,
Miss Emerald Elle xoxo